MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — University senior first baseman and La Salle signee Ross Mulhall was recently named the West Virginia Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year after putting up huge offensive numbers.  ‘

Mulhall, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, put together a .472 batting average with 11 home runs, 12 doubles and 44 RBIs as University ended the year with an 18-10 record and final No. 9 ranking in the MetroNews baseball poll.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.

The selection process is administered by the Gatorade Player of the Year Selection Committee, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

As a Gatorade Player of the Year, Mulhall will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program.

Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support. 12 spotlight grants – one for each sport – will be announced throughout the year.

Last Five West Virginia Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year Selections:

2018: Ross Mulhall, University

2017: Drew Hefner, Bridgeport

2016: Paul Witt, Jefferson

2015: Zach Minnick, Logan

2014: Seth Kinker, Cabell Midland

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